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Ability Services serves students with a documented disability who need to arrange academic accommodations for their classes. A disability under ADA may include ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, or a physical, sensory, psychological, or learning disability.

Ability Services

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How to Apply for Accommodations at UWRF


1. Click the button to complete the application

  1. New Student Application

  • Use your UWRF credentials to log in (your W#) and your UWRF email address on the application. Emails are formatted as such:
  • If you have not applied to UWRF, yet have questions, please call us at 715-425-0740 or email us at

2. Submit documentation of your disability(-ies)

  • Since we are not medical experts, we rely on documentation from licensed clinicians (medical / psychological / neuropsychological evaluation).  An IEP could be submitted if the diagnostic information and evaluation are included.
  • If you need forms for your treating professional to fill out, our collaborative form has proven helpful. Here is a link to that form: Collaborative Form.  
  • View this helpful web page to learn more about appropriate documentation, Documenting a Disability.  

2. Schedule an Intake Appointment

  • Once you've completed the application and uploaded your documentation, you will receive an email from us inviting you to schedule a meeting to talk about possible accommodation. Please contact us if you do not receive an email within 5 business days of submitting your application. 


Please Note:  

  • Accommodations are not retroactive. After a student receives a Letter of Eligibility and emails a Faculty Notification Letter to their instructor, then accommodations may be requested. It's important to apply as early as possible.  



Academic Accommodation Process 

The process explained, beginning to end, step-by-step.


Returning Students

Those who have used accommodations at UWRF in previous semesters. 

Click on the A.S. Connect portal to email your Faculty Notification Letters.  You also use this portal to request your alternative testing accommodations.  The link is still available on our Current Students page as well.

A.S. Connect

If you request accommodations a placement test under non-standard conditions due to a disability, do not register online. Instead, send a letter on high school letterhead from a teacher, counselor, or principal describing the appropriate accommodations you need.

With the letter, please include:

  1. Your address and telephone number
  2. Which site you would like to test at
  3. Which UW campus you plan to enroll

Email this information to, or mail to:

Tim O'Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706

Onboard Video Tutorials for New Students
Returning students with approved accommodations at UWRF:

Request your Faculty Notification Letters from Ability Services. It's recommended you share your accommodations with your professors at the beginning of each semester in order to provide you the best support.

If you have a new diagnosis or would like to discuss a change in approved accommodations, please request an appointment with Ability Services to initiate a review for eligible accommodations. 

Enrolled students at UWRF with a new diagnosis or an intent to request accommodations:

During Fall and Spring semesters, requests for accommodations need to be completed approximately 5 weeks before the end of the term. Any requests made past the deadline will be at the discretion of the Ability Services Manager to determine if accommodations can be offered for the rest of the semester. For more information on this deadline, please review the "Accommodation Deadline Request Policy" found on our Policies page. 

Person-First VS. Identity-First Language 

Learn more about person-first vs. identity-first language in the disability community 


The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) is a civil rights law that was originally passed by Congress in 1990 (as the Americans with Disabilities Act-ADA) and protects individuals with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, as well as school and other settings. The ADA was amended in 2008 and became effective January 1, 2009.

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Ability Services

Confidential Fax: 715.425.0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
123 David Rodli Hall